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Language Barrier

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I am amazed at how seemingly intelligent people, with great jobs and education, sometimes have such limited vocabularies. 

Is there a language barrier? A barrier that keeps kind words, edifying words, from being spoken into each other’s lives?

Why is it called adult language? Shouldn’t it be referred to as swearing, filth, vulgarity, or obscenity? 

Hey! I’m an adult, and although my vocabulary isn’t as large as some, I can find enough ways to express myself without having to interject F bombs or the like. 

No, I’m not perfect. And God loves the potty-mouthed person  as much as anyone else. But don’t you think it’s pretty ridiculous when people can’t string five words together without the need to say something vulgar?

I do.

So does the Apostle Paul, as well as the Lord.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:29-30 ESV)

Foul, abusive, and obscene language does not reflect the language of the Kingdom of God.

It doesn’t carry God’s grace to its hearers. And if the words you and I speak can’t be used to build up others, they will be used to bring people down. 

Yes, there is a language barrier. The barrier is found in the human heart. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

“You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.” (Matthew 12:34-35 ESV)

How does one change their language? Change the heart. Faith in Christ is the place to start. Then, by submitting one’s tongue to the Lord.

The language barrier will be broken, people will begin to be edified by the words you speak, and you will sound much more intelligent. 

Really now. Who ever heard of an inanimate object having sexual intercourse? Like someone’s job, motorcycle, or the traffic signal? 

Did you know Jesus Christ has a middle name? According to some, He does.

And why would people order, command, God to damn something or someone? Do they really understand what they’re wanting God to do?

It seems to me that people who say they don’t believe in God pray to Him more than anyone. 

Breaking the language barrier begins with a repentant heart and a submissive tongue. 

If you’re serious about going to heaven, and staying there for eternity, why not start practicing heaven’s language? Building up others while removing the filth. 

Like I said: People just may think you’re smarter than you really are. 

Adult Language

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Language is probably the most powerful force known to man. The means of communication. The ability to express one’s thoughts, desires, and opinions; expressions which can mend relationships or start wars, create covenant or sever completely.

Language is a sacred trust given to mankind by God Almighty. It is so sacred, He connected a person’s spirit with their tongue; language’s instrument. People reveal the condition of their heart (spirit) through the words they speak.

Jesus said, “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.” (Matthew 12:33-35 ESV)

Pastor James wrote, “For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

“So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” (James 3:2-12 ESV)

Okay. We speak what our heart is full of. Language is the heart’s fruit. Our words can trip us up, or help us stand. They can bring peace and joy, or stress and anxiety.

Our language, the ability to communicate, must be considered a holy, sacred, and powerful gift; or we will misuse it and, possibly, abuse ourselves and others.

And then there’s the language labeled “adult language.” What is really meant by “adult language” is profanity! “Profane” is to treat (something sacred) with abuse, irreverence, or contempt. For instance, asking God to “damn someone, or something” is abusing the sacred gift we have. It is showing contempt toward the Creator of the gift of language.

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